Monday, August 19, 2013
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(Sermon by Pastor Chris Hodges - Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, AL - 08/15/2013)
Moses came up with all of the excuses he could to avoid the call God placed on him.
1. (Moses said) Who am I?
(Exodus 3:11-12) But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
(Moses had to) Overcome condemnation.
(Titus 3:4-5) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
2. (Moses asked) Who are you?
(Exodus 3:13-14) Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”
(Moses had to) Overcome doubt.
(Jeremiah 32:17 NASB) Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.
3. (Moses said) What if they?
(Exodus 4:1) Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”
(Moses had to) Overcome fear.
(Romans 1:16) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
4. (Moses said) I have never.
(Exodus 4:10-12) Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
(Moses had to) Overcome reluctance.
(Hebrews 11:6) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.